'Carte Blanche': Bond kicks it up in Cape Town style

2011-05-28 00:00

CAPE TOWN — James Bond kicking off his shoes (or more) in the Cape Grace hotel, a bite of bobotie in the Bo-Kaap, evenings next to the Atlantic with a glass of Graham Beck sparkling wine, and a secret mission in the bustling Khayelitsha township.

It all sounds a bit far-fetched. But this is precisely what the latest Bond novel has in store.

The book, Carte Blanche, was launched in Cape Town this week, to coincide with its release in Britain.

American thriller author Jeffery Deaver, who is the fifth writer to pen a Bond novel, spoke live via Skype.

Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, died in 1964 of a heart attack. Ever the gentleman, his famous last words (to the paramedics) were: “Awfully sorry to trouble you chaps.”

Deaver said one of the changes he made was to get rid of Bond’s Aston Martin. In the original series, this high-priced sports car was apparently one of the British secret service’s work vehicles, “and that would certainly not work in the current economic climate”.

But that didn’t stop Deaver having Bond buy his own dream car, a Bentley Continental GT.

Carte Blanche is published by Jonathan Ball. Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is set to direct the film. He is rumoured to have been in Cape Town last year scouting locations.

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